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Richard Dawkins, Lady Gaga, and the Bible: Why understanding these rival stories is important for our present time
by Trevin Wax, Managing editor of “The Gospel Project”, a gospel-centered small group curriculum for all ages.

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What Time Is It?

The apostle Paul said we should “know the time,” so I will conclude by answering the question “what time is it?” from a Christian perspective.

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. We believe He had a purpose and plan when He created the world and human beings in His image. We believe He ordained marriage at the beginning of time as one way of reflecting His glory. We were made to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.

The dark ages began — not in medieval times, but in the ancient Garden. We fell into sin by choosing our way over God’s, by rebelling against His law, and supplanting His rule with our own. Yet God in His goodness did not abandon His creation. He chose Abraham to father a people who would reflect His love and grace. He rescued His people from slavery, gave them His law, set up His kingly rule in their midst. When His people continued to disobey Him, He sent them into exile.

And that’s when the story takes a turn. You see, we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and our Lord. Two thousand years ago, He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived the life we could not live, bringing God’s kingdom to earth through His Person and work, His miracles, His teaching. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died for our sins, and was buried. But, on the third day, He rose again! We believe that the turning point of history was not the discovery of science in the seventeenth century but the discovery of an empty tomb in the first! Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Now we live on earth as citizens of heaven, as people who believe in Jesus Christ but have never seen Him with our eyes. We believe in resurrection power in a world where people deny miracles. We believe in His vision for humanity in a world where people want to discover themselves and define their own destiny. We are a people who know what time it is. We live between the times— the time when Jesus was raised from the dead and the time He will return. We long for Him, weeping at the lostness and brokenness of our world, and we cry out for Christ to return to make all things right.

While we wait, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the church in all the world, the communion of God’s people, the forgiveness of sins, the future resurrection of our bodies, and the life everlasting. That’s our calendar. We came from God. We turned away from God. God came to us. God will come again.

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Trevin Wax is managing editor of “The Gospel Project”, a gospel-centered small group curriculum for all ages. An author of four books, and contributor to numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Religion News Service, Christianity Today and World, Trevin writes a regular blog hosted by The Gospel Coalition. A former missionary to Romania, he was recently named by Christianity Today as one of 33 millennials leading the next generation of evangelicalism. Trevin earned his Ph.D in Theology at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and a Masters of Divinity at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Trevin lives in middle Tennessee with his wife, Corina, and their three children.



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